How did we become national heroes in idiots in a few weeks?

Thursday, October 14, 2021 1:35 PM

Marco Rossi, while proud of the draw in England, is not happy at all. The captain has been worn out for the past few weeks, but not for the national team’s game, nor for the results.

We were expecting a cheerful federal captain when we started talking to Marco Rossi after the 1-1 World Cup qualifier in England, but we had to be disappointed. It is not an insignificant circumstance that the captain did not sleep a wink between the match and the interview, but fatigue was not the biggest problem for the Italian professional.

To understand exactly what is hurting the captain, we have to go back to the end of the European Championship. After the Hungarian team advanced from the strongest group in the history of the European Championships for less than six minutes, the alliance renewed the captain’s contract, and the whole country (including Marco Rossi) looked forward to the September qualifiers. But did he do it right?

“We had already cut him to the September qualifiers in a completely different state than when we closed the European Championships.“Not all players came to the national team in the right physical condition, but that was the lesser problem. that against the English we have completely fallen into disrepair. ”

“We couldn’t concentrate all the way through, and we didn’t stick to the tactics either, and the heavy defeat left its mark on the other two September qualifiers as well. We noticed the danger with the staff, we were aware that the problem was not professional, but very human, but it had become extremely difficult to deal with it in the match against the English, because we lost Ádám Szalai. ”

What makes Szala so important?

At the matches against the Albanians and even against Andorra, the fans could be sure that Ádám Szalai is a very important link in Rossi’s tactics, and the captain also confirmed that the Battle of Mainz is the only Hungarian center that can add ours to the back of the goal. to play. But there is more to it than that.

“Adam is my extended hand on the field. Thanks to his charisma, he is also the head of the locker room, a sure point within the community that is essential for a coach.“If Adam is on the field, the team will not lose focus, stay focused throughout and stick to the tactics. We lost our leader with his injury.”

“Obviously, the fans know exactly what tactically means to us. I don’t want to offend anyone, but I see a lot of NBI matches, and despite looking for a player of a similar character, I can say that there is no such Hungarian striker other than Adam at the moment. It may seem like a strong statement, but there is currently no international midfielder in the Hungarian league. ”

Rossi added that an attempt had been made to replace Szalai by restructuring in the October qualifiers (“With more agile players, we switched to a 3-4-2-1 formation”), and the match against Albania in England and the statistically significant match showed that the coercive solution worked the same way. But Rossi doesn’t have a problem with that either.

An idiot from a national hero

“The last few weeks have been very emotionally worn out,” Rossi sighed. “I think we have built something for the Hungarian national team since my arrival. I know there’s no past time in football, only the present matters, but I’ll admit, I was expecting the team to have accumulated so much trust that it can’t be swept away by a few badly matched matches. I was wrong.”

We suggested to the captain that many people in Hungary view football from a political point of view, so he should not take on criticisms that were not really addressed to him, and we advised him to refrain from reading the comments, but we could not reassure him.

“I looked at the headlines, read some reactions here and there, and didn’t understand what was going on. Then the blasphemous messages began to come, even in private, and I was utterly frustrated by that. We have become idiots from national heroes in just a few weeks. ”

“I’m an emotional guy, many times I make my decisions more by listening to my heart. I did so even when I rejected the offers of clubs in top leagues because I believed that I had not yet reached the end of my trip with the Hungarian national team. Money is just a multifaceted aspect for me, ”Rossi noted.

If the game knowledge decides, we get knocked out

The Italian specialist certainly did not know the famous saying that “The Hungarian sports society cannot do anything with two things: success and failure.” Still, Rossi wants to be able to explain to each fan his decisions, the thoughts behind them, and why it is a complete mistake to have extreme expectations of the Hungarian national team.

“It should be understood that if only the playing skills of the football players entering the field decide, then if nothing extraordinary happens, the Hungarian national team will be knocked out.“And I’m not talking about a match against the English or the Germans, but also against the Albanians, for example. until then, we have so much in the frame, so it’s clear that we’re not the odds of the match. “

“The problem is that because we’ve covered the paper form quite a few times in the last three years, many of us already expect it to always be that way. But how could it always be that way? With organization, clever tactics, and determination, many things can be compensated, but not always, and not against everyone. The ice on which we walk is thin, yet we are making quite good progress. We knew it would break under us sometimes, but we weren’t prepared for the fact that so many of us were so unable to accept it. ”

“When I arrived at the national team, we couldn’t even dream of playing in a league with the best in Europe. The team was very deep, yet we are now talking about being out in the European Championships and reaching the top division of the League of Nations where we will be able to play against star teams. I ask, will it be unacceptable against me, the Italians and the Spaniards too, if we get out? ”

“The situation is this: with organization, fighting skills and humble play, one can mask the knowledge gap between opponents and us in a match, but the gap still remains there.“We have to play perfectly to ourselves to cover the gap, but how can we expect the team to always play perfectly? I think we still manage to jump that particular gap more times than expected, and therefore the boys deserve respect, not blasphemy. after the first time he fails, ”Rossi said firmly.

Not a backward-looking kind

The game in the Rossi era and the drastic improvement in the results show that the captain, true to his good habit, is far outperforming the national team. But isn’t it about the captain assessing it too: that’s pretty much the most that can be brought out of the team. In other words, it has reached the ceiling and will not lead any further.

“If I thought so, I would no longer be the federal captain, but would lead a club team somewhere. I would like to prove that I see the issue differently, that I am here and I work with all my might for the Hungarian national team. I felt like if I left, I would betray the team with that, and as I mentioned, I’m an emotional person, it doesn’t fit in with me. I think I even know it will lead even further, and I want to be the captain who accompanies the team through it. ”

“That’s what the England match convinced me of. Honestly, I didn’t expect to score a point, as half of our starting team we saw at the European Championships was missing from the home of the European Championship finalist, and the other omens were not just beginners either. The best thing about the draw was that we found back the virtues that made us successful in recent times, and on the other hand (and more importantly) that my players found in themselves the extra that allowed us to get points from the English. “It was a personal struggle for all the players, they had to go deep to find what was missing in some places in recent weeks, but they did, and that’s why I’m very proud of them. ”

“It’s this pride that drives you forward. I love my team and I believe in the players, among other things, just for what they showed in England. They could look at themselves and find something inside that they could put at the service of the team, and only the one who really does everything for the victory can do so. And that’s what we have no hope for against top teams. ”

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